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Presidential Office: Report on Inter-Korean Summit Not True

Hot Issues of the Week2021-08-01

ⓒKBS News

South Korea's presidential office has denied a Reuters report that the two Koreas are in talks to arrange a summit meeting.

Citing three South Korean government sources, Reuters had said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been exchanging letters, which addressed the topic of a summit meeting, among other things, since April.

They are reportedly seeking a summit, though the anonymous sources said no time frame or other details have been decided because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which one source called the biggest factor. 

Citing the sources, Reuters also reported that both sides are discussing rebuilding a joint liaison office in the border truce village of Panmunjeom, and that Pyongyang is expected to restart trade with China as early as August.

In a text message to reporters on Wednesday, spokesperson Park Kyung-mee said the foreign news report is not true and there has been no related discussion between North and South Korea.

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